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Specializing in outdoor and indoor sporting goods, Triumph has a plethora of entertainment packages for you, but they are mostly known for their high-quality air hockey tables.
In this review, we’ll be comparing five of their best products: the Blue-Line, the Lumen-X Lazer, the Defense, the Fire ‘n Ice LED Light-Up, and the Overtime 48-Inch. All of them have different specs that make them stand out but they also have similarities, so if you want to know and compare them, read below.
A Quick Look at the Triumph Air Hockey Tables
These five Triumph tables are all made with reinforced table legs and feature electronic scoring. However, three of them (Fire ‘n Ice, Defense, and Overtime) also have abacus scoring in case you want to go manual.
But before we dive into the similarities and differences between the products – and their resulting advantages and disadvantages – let’s start with a brief review of each.
This table has dimensions of 84 x 42 x 32 inches. It also has 5-inch leg levelers at the bottom to keep your game steady regardless of where you place it. With its flat electronic scorer, it is easy to keep track of the game. The kit comes with two pushers and two pucks so it is ready to play.
Aside from being an air hockey table, its inlaid design allows for a table tennis conversion top to be placed over it. The power and control buttons are simple and straightforward, so handling the sound, the timer, and the start of each game is easy.
When it comes to the aesthetics, it sports a simple white, blue, and black motif that will fit most rec rooms in an office or home. Likewise, it has a 110V air-powered motor that balances the puck during play.
What makes this model different from the rest is the LED rail lights on the side, which not only brings a cool look but also adds excitement and a genuine arcade feel. Due to the curved design on the sides, it is great for families with kids who want to avoid a game table that has sharp edges or corners.
Even the pushers and puck that are included have lights, so you can play it in the dark. Don’t worry, though – you can turn off the lights for the puck and puddles to conserve energy, although the table lights will stay until it is powered off. I like that it has a USB port so charging the pucks would be a breeze as opposed to having to buy another set of batteries for them.
The smooth MDF-engineered material on the surface allows the puck to slide easily while the dual motor blowers maintain a continuous airflow within the playing field. Measuring 72 x 40 x 31 inches, this one has 2.5-inch leg levelers inside its legs that have a 12mm thickness.
With dimensions of 60 x 32 x 30 inches, this table has a combination of LED electronic and abacus scoring, which can be used according to your preference. It comes with two red pushers and two pucks that are ready for action while the thin, minimalist design works in most smaller rec rooms, man caves, and family entertainment areas.
The scoring panel is on the side so it is still easy to see. Assembling is similar to most air hockey tables – simply attaching the legs. They are still removable, however, if you need to store the table when it’s not in use.
The weight of the table is 50 to 55 pounds so it is easy to set up by one or two people. Moreover, the size is just right for kids and teens due to the height, so it might be a little too low for some taller and older users.
The Fire ‘n Ice is yet another model with a combination of LED electronic and abacus scoring that can be tailored to your preferences. As well, it has flashing corners that light up during a score. This adds to the excitement of each game and gives it an authentic arcade feel. I also like that the pucks and pushers light up.
Both the electronic and the manual scoring systems are easy to operate, and although there is no on/off switch, you can just unplug it when you or the kids are done playing. People up to 5’9″ can play comfortably at the table, allowing you to play with your kids.
Measuring 54 x 27 x 31 inches, this air hockey table comes with two pushers and one puck. It also comes with cross braces on the legs to fully support the table and keep it steady.
A much taller table than most of my picks here, this one measures 48 x 24 x 30 inches and comes with two pushers and two pucks. It combines LED electronic and abacus scoring while having a medium-density fibreboard (MDF) surface. Added to that, it has cross-brace leg support on two sides to keep the table steady. The ideal age range for this table is from 4 to 10 years old.
Note that the puck size is smaller than with most air hockey tables, so it is meant more for the kids to enjoy. Like most of my picks, it has leg levelers that allow you to perfectly set up the table on uneven ground. It also weighs 33 pounds so lifting it from one room to another can be done by just one person. As with some of my picks here, it has no on/off switch so unplugging it is the only option to turn the unit off.
Similarities Shared by the Five Tables
As all these tables are made by Triumph, they share similarities with their features, such as the following:
All of these air hockey tables feature an electric scoring system, in which you can see the digits using the LED panel. While not all of them are the same in style, since some are flat and others are attachable or stand out, they are all bright and easy to read.
Aside from that, all models feature sound effects during a score to make the game more lively and exciting.
Having a total entertainment package with sounds and electronic scoring improves the gaming experience, especially if the players will be kids. After all, it’s much easier to see the score when it’s in digits rather than just manual scoring. Nonetheless, some of the air hockey tables mentioned above also have an alternative abacus-style scoring system.
The five tables all have reinforced legs. By this, I mean that the legs are connected by panels to make them sturdier and more stable when being used.
Stability is an important factor to consider when choosing an air hockey table. After all, these tables will get moved frequently due to the action of the players and the fast-paced game. When you have reinforced legs, the safety of the table will be increased, especially if you have kids or teens who will play the game.
Included Pushers and Pucks
All of them have at least two pucks and two pushers included so that you’ll be ready to play the game anytime. It allows for two players to go head-to-head right off the bat. Most of them have a red color while others in the reviews I mentioned have lighted LED pucks and pushers for added excitement (this will be discussed in more detail below).
Having playing pieces included with the air hockey table is common, but some other tables have only one set or poor quality pieces. While these pucks and pushers may not be the highest of quality, they are still durable enough and easy to use for kids.
Nonetheless, if you find that the puck is flying off the table, all you need to do is to buy a similarly-sized set. This is a common problem if a kid-sized set is included with the model – consider heavier material if that’s the case.
Leg levelers are a heaven-sent feature of most gaming tables – air hockey tables included. All five of these tables have such a feature and it allows you to adjust the table depending on the surface your table is standing on.
Not all houses and offices are built on even or solid ground. That’s why having leg levelers are great for keeping the air hockey table in a steady position, no matter where it’s placed. Leg levelers will also cover any workmanship imperfections of the table that will cause an imbalanced setup (e.g. dead spots due to one shorter or longer leg).
Conveniently, since all these tables mentioned above have modern designs, their leg levelers are hidden underneath so you won’t easily spot them when they’re not in use. This also allows you to use them even on patios, decks or covered outdoor areas if you want to play with family and friends while getting some fresh air.
Differences Between the Five Tables
While all of the tables were made by Triumph, they’re different models that have unique features from each other. Here are some differences that I found out about them:
Design and Color Combinations
All five of these tables have their own design configurations:
The Blue-Line model sports a design similar to its name. The reinforced legs are slightly slanted for better support while the surface is flat for easy placement of any gaming conversion kit on top.
The Lumen-X Lazer has a dark design that highlights the LED railing on the side. The corners are well-rounded and kid-friendly. The legs are straight but still reinforced.
The Defense model has a set of thinner legs that are reinforced with panels to keep them stable. It has a thinner tabletop design than the other picks I mentioned and has a protruding scoring system that’s attachable to the unit (both abacus and LED scorers).
The Fire ‘n Ice model has slanted legs that are fully reinforced on all sides albeit with thinner panels. It has a similar thin tabletop design and sports a fire and ice motif for its graphics.
The Overtime model will remind you of an arcade air hockey game due to its color scheme. It has thin but sturdy legs that are reinforced while able to carry an attachable abacus and LED scorers on the side.
Aside from the different design and color orientation, all of them have different sizes:
- Blue-Line: 7 feet
- Lumen-X Lazer: 6 feet
- Defense: 5 feet
- Fire ‘n Ice: 4.5 feet
- Overtime: 4 feet
As you can see above, Blue-Line is the biggest table while Overtime is the smallest, which means that Blue-Line is more suited for the adults while Overtime is better suited for kids.
A bigger table allows for more force to be used during gameplay while still keeping the puck on the table. That’s why I’d recommend the bigger models if you want the table to be played by adults and teenagers. The smaller models, Fire ‘n Ice, and Overtime are better choices if you are looking for an air hockey table to be used exclusively for the kids.
However, for a well-balanced table, I’d recommend the Triumph Defense, which has a decent size of 5 feet, or the Lumen-X Lazer at 6 feet. This means you’ll be able to play with your little ones just fine without the size being too awkward (unless you’re over 6 feet).
I also compared the heights of each table, and here’s the result:
- Blue-Line: 32 inches
- Lumen-X Lazer: 31 inches
- Defense: 30 inches
- Fire ‘n Ice: 31 inches
- Overtime: 30 inches
The Defense and Overtime models both have a 30-inch height so they’re an excellent choice for younger kids that can’t reach the higher models. However, these are sometimes awkward for adults depending on the situation. If you prefer a bigger height and don’t need to worry about kids playing on the table, try going for the Blue-Line which is 32 inches.
Some models have specific lighting while others don’t. Two examples from my picks are:
Lumen-X Lazer 6-Foot Interactive Table: it has LED railing lights as well as a set of light-up pushers and puck. You will feel as if you’re in a real arcade while playing with this table
Fire ‘n Ice LED Light-Up 54-Inch Table: this table has corners that light up when someone scores a goal. In addition to that, it also has light-up pushers and pucks.
Having light features on your air hockey table adds a layer of enjoyment even when you’re using it indoors. I also mentioned above that one of the air hockey table’s sets of pucks are charged using a USB port, which is very convenient nowadays. You don’t need to worry about batteries when putting on a light show on your air hockey table.
While the Triumph Blue-Line has an on/off switch to control the power of the air hockey table, the others must simply be plugged in and out.
If you ask me, I’d prefer the model with a switch because not only does it save electricity but it also protects the motor from an electrical surge. Nonetheless, having only a plugged-in and plugged-out option is still easy enough for both adults and kids to operate.
Which of the Triumph Air Hockey Tables Should You Get?
All five of these Triumph air hockey tables have their specialty, which I’ll review below:
If you are looking for an air hockey table for a rec room or man cave where only adults will play, the Blue-Line 7-Foot Table is for you. It is not only longer in size but it also has a taller height (32 inches) that suits teens and adults to play comfortably. The inlaid design of the table allows for a table tennis top conversion as well, thereby saving up space.
For those who want a light show on the railing and the corners of the playing surface, you’ll like the Lumen-X Lazer 6-Foot Interactive Table and the Fire ‘n Ice LED Light-Up 54-Inch Table. Both of them have light-up pucks and pushers to add excitement to every game.
Air hockey tables that are more suitable for kids’ rooms include the Overtime 48-Inch Table and the Defense 5-Foot Table, both of which have a 30-inch height and a medium-sized length. Not only that – since their designs are more portable, they are both easier to lift from one room to another and to set up by just one person for fast and portable gameplay.
To summarize, there’s no exact model that’s the best of them all – these five tables have their pros and cons. It all depends on who’s looking to play, children or adults (or both!), and on your playing style and preferences.
I hope this review helped you in choosing between them.